Michael Schumacher’s first gig as an official Mercedes-Benz brand ambassador is perhaps one of the coolest things you will read today. Not only will the seven-time world champion get back in a Formula 1 car he’ll be doing so around NÃ¼rburgring Nordschleife. How cool is that!
“I have a lot of fond memories of the NÃ¼rburgring and am really looking forward to giving fans and friends from my home town of Kerpen, which is quite close to the NÃ¼rburgring, something to remember as they see me drive by,” Schumacher said.
“But it will be a fantastic experience for me too, driving along the Nordschleife in a state-ofâ€“the-art Formula 1 Silver Arrow, particularly in view of the fact that the Silver Arrowâ€™s legend began here. Posting a lap in a modern Silver Arrow on the most beautiful and most testing circuit in the world, what a brilliant mixâ€”itâ€™s every motor racing driverâ€™s dream!”
It will be the first time a contemporary Formula 1 car has been driven on the Nordschleife since Nick Heidfeld did so in a BMW Sauber F1.06 back in 2007 (see video below). No official lap time was recorded when Heidfeld drove the ‘Ring and Stefan Bellof’s 6 minute 11 second lap set in a Porsche 956 in 1983 remains the all-time ‘Ring record.
We’re not sure if Michael will be chasing that record, but imagine if he did he could easily break the 6 minute barrier. That would be wow!
Michael Schumacher to drive 2011 Formula 1 Silver Arrow on NÃ¼rburgring Nordschleife
Stuttgart, Apr 25, 2013
- Formula 1 record-breaking world champion Michael Schumacher will take to the track in the run-up to the 24-hour race at the NÃ¼rburgring on 19th May
- A big â€˜thank youâ€™ to loyal German fans
- First outing for a modern Formula 1 Silver Arrow at the NÃ¼rburgring Nordschleife since Juan Manuel Fangioâ€™s victory in 1954
On Sunday 19th May 2013 before the start of the 24-hour race around the NÃ¼rburgring, seven-time Formula 1 world champion Michael Schumacher will take to the track. Schumacher will post a demonstration lap on the NÃ¼rburgringâ€™s legendary Nordschleife in a MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS F1 W02 to say â€˜thank youâ€™ to his fans for their years of loyal support during his F1 career. This will be the first time since Juan Manuel Fangioâ€™s victory on 1st August 1954 that a modern Formula 1 Silver Arrow has driven on the Nordschleife at the NÃ¼rburgring.
Schumacher covered part of the Nordschleife in the last Formula 1 grand prix at the NÃ¼rburgring in July 2011, however, that was in a Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrow Stromlinie W196. The W196 was the first Formula 1 Silver Arrow that took Mercedes-Benz to two world titles with Juan Manuel Fangio in the 1954 and 1955 seasons. During this period, including his success at the NÃ¼rburgring, Fangio achieved eight wins in all.
Long before the start of the Formula 1 world championship in 1950, however, there has been a close connection between Mercedes-Benz and the NÃ¼rburgring; an icon was born on 3rd June 1934 when the Silver Arrow had its first outing on the legendary NÃ¼rburgring Nordschleife in the International Eifel Race. The car was silver because mechanics had worked through the night to strip away the white paint of the brand new Mercedes-Benz W25 racing car, so as not to exceed the maximum permissible weight. The next day, Manfred von Brauchitsch won the W25â€™s debut race, beginning the legend of the Silver Arrow.
Michael Schumacher brought his F1 career to a close last year at MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS. In April this year, Schumacher and Mercedes-Benz announced a long-term partnership that goes far beyond motor racing and Formula 1. The record-breaking champion will represent the brand as an ambassador and provide back-up for issues relating to future developments. Intelligence Drive â€“ the safety and convenience system introduced by Mercedes-Benz â€“ is part of his brief.
Michael Schumacher: â€œI have a lot of fond memories of the NÃ¼rburgring and am really looking forward to giving fans and friends from my home town of Kerpen, which is quite close to the NÃ¼rburgring, something to remember as they see me drive by. But it will be a fantastic experience for me too, driving along the Nordschleife in a state-ofâ€“the-art Formula 1 Silver Arrow, particularly in view of the fact that the Silver Arrowâ€™s legend began here. Posting a lap in a modern Silver Arrow on the most beautiful and most testing circuit in the world, what a brilliant mix â€“ itâ€™s every motor racing driverâ€™s dream!â€